Hosting Product Images on Amazon S3

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Setting Up Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

These are the steps involved in setting up Amazon Photo Storage. Soon you will be able to store your product photos on Amazon, using an external file path. This will save on bandwidth and storage in your Spark Pay online store.

  1. Register for an Amazon S3 Account
  2. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Setup
  3. Example Application for thumbnails
  4. Associate Amazon S3 file photo URLs with your Spark Pay online store Products

Quick Setup Steps:

    1. Register for an Amazon Account

      You will need to create an account for Amazon to gain Access Keys so your 3rd party program can control your images.

      • Click here to go to the sign-up page.
      • Select the Sign Up For Amazon S3 button.
      • Enter your email address, select new customer and click the sign in button.
      • Fill out the next few pages with contact information., credit card information and billing information.
      • After successfully signing up, go to Your Account > Access Identifiers.
      • Collect your Access Key ID and Secret Key ID (These will be used if you use a 3rd party bucket tool to access your Amazon storage).

 

    1. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Setup

http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AmazonS3/latest/gsg/

This document explains how to upload your files to the Amazon S3 Storage location.

          *The bucket name must be lowercase with no underscores.*

 

    1. Associate Amazon S3 file photo URLs with your Spark Pay online store Products

      Since your photos are now on a separate domain, you will need to reference the entire file URL (aboslute path), including http://

      • Product Editor.
        1. Go to Catalog > Edit Catalog and Categories.
        2. Browse to the product you would like to add the image to and select Edit.
        3. Select the Photos Tab.
        4. Enter the Amazon photo URL in Add Photo
          • Example URL: http://yourphotobucketname.s3.amazonaws.com/yourimagename.jpg
          • NOTE:
            • The URL cannot contain any uppercase characters or underscores.
            • Make sure your bucket folder is public for anonymous users.
        1. Save.

 

    • Mass Import/Export.
      1. On your csv file, create or find the ItemImages column header.
      2. Enter the Amazon photo URL as the main picture reference.
        • Example URL: http://yourphotobucketname.s3.amazonaws.com/yourimagename.jpg
        • Example format: amazonphotourl.jpg~True~~~0~amazonthumbnailurl.jpg
        • NOTE:
          • The URL cannot contain any uppercase characters or underscores.
      3. Importing the file will insert the URL for the product.
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